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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Recent Business Developments

10/28/2021

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (NYSE: ASPN) ("Aspen") today announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, which ended September 30, 2021, and discussed recent business developments.

Total revenue for the third quarter was $30.4 million compared to $24.2 million in the third quarter last year. Third quarter net loss was $7.8 million compared to a net loss of $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. Net loss per share for the third quarter was $0.24 compared to $0.25 in the third quarter last year.

Total revenue for the first nine months of 2021 was $90.1 million compared to $77.3 million in the first nine months last year. Net loss for the first nine months of 2021 was $20.7 million compared to a net loss of $15.6 million in the first nine months of 2020. Net loss per share for the nine months of the year was $0.70 in 2021 and $0.60 in 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $(7.8) million compared to $(3.2) million in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months was $(13.8) million compared to $(4.8) million in the first nine months of 2020. A reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to net loss is provided in the financial schedules that are part of this press release. An explanation of this non-GAAP financial measure is also included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Business Developments

  • Total revenue grew 26% to $30.4 million
  • Gross profit grew 61% to $3.1 million
  • Exceeded $1.0 million of PyroThin thermal barrier revenue year-to-date
  • Increased 2021 full year revenue outlook for third consecutive quarter

"Our business continues to accelerate and we are pleased with the increasing market adoption of our high-performance thermal solutions," noted Don Young, President and CEO of Aspen. "Third quarter revenue growth of 26% reflected a continuation of the beginning stage of a post-COVID recovery in our maintenance related business in the global chemical and refinery markets, particularly in the United States. As a result of this solid growth, gross profit and gross margin improved versus the third quarter of 2020. During the quarter, we also increased the level of our investment in personnel, infrastructure and related activities to support our PyroThin thermal barrier and carbon aerogel battery materials businesses. These planned investments contributed to a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA and an increase in net loss versus 2020."

Mr. Young continued, "We made considerable progress during the quarter in the development of our PyroThin thermal barrier business. We delivered approximately $1.0 million of PyroThin thermal barrier prototypes in the third quarter and will begin shipments of production parts to our major U.S. and Asian automotive customers during the fourth quarter. The pace of our thermal barrier design, prototype and quoting activities, along with the scope of our efforts, continue to expand. We are increasingly being asked to provide broader solutions for improved battery performance and safety centered on our PyroThin materials that provide thermal management, mechanical stability and fire protection properties to EV battery systems.

2021 Financial Outlook

Aspen updates its 2021 full year outlook as follows:

  • Total revenue is expected to range between $122.0 million and $128.0 million
  • Net loss is expected to range between $29.0 million and $31.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $(18.5) million and $(20.5) million
  • Net loss per share is expected to range between $0.96 and $1.02

Our 2021 outlook assumes depreciation and amortization of $8.9 million, stock-based compensation expense of $5.1 million, interest expense of $0.2 million, a gain on the extinguishment of debt of $3.7 million, and weighted average shares outstanding of 30.4 million for the full year.

Mr. Young continued, "We are increasing our outlook for our EV thermal barrier revenues by $5.0 million to between $6.0 million and $7.0 million for the year. In addition, we continue to experience a strengthening of demand in both the energy infrastructure and green building materials markets. Accordingly, we are increasing our 2021 total revenue outlook by over $10.0 million. We are also increasing our investment levels during the remainder of 2021 to capitalize on our rapidly growing e-mobility opportunities. This investment will be focused on enhancing the technical, commercial and operational teams and associated resources supporting our thermal barrier and carbon aerogel battery materials businesses." Mr. Young concluded, "While these planned investments will expand our Adjusted EBITDA loss and net loss this year versus 2020, they position us for strong growth in revenue and profitability in future years."

A reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to net loss for the 2021 financial outlook is provided in the financial schedules that are part of this press release. An explanation of this non-GAAP financial measure is also included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Aspen Aerogels may incur charges, realize gains or losses, incur financing costs or interest expense, or experience other events in 2021, including those related to the planned capacity expansion and strategic investment program, that could cause actual results to vary materially from this outlook.

Conference Call Notification

A conference call with Aspen management to discuss third quarter and first nine months 2021 results and recent business developments will be held at 5:00 pm ET on October 28, 2021. During the call, management will respond to questions concerning, but not limited to, Aspen's financial performance, business conditions and industry outlook. Management's discussion and responses could contain information that has not been previously disclosed. The conference call will be available live as a listen-only webcast and will be hosted at the Investors section of Aspen's website, www.aerogel.com. In addition, shareholders and other interested parties may call 844-200-6205 (toll free, U.S. & Canada only) or +1 646-904-5544 (international) and reference passcode "804374" to participate in the conference call.

Following the live event, an archived version of the webcast will be available on Aspen's website for convenient on-demand replay for at least a year. A copy of this press release is posted in the Investors section on Aspen's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing financial measurements based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"), Aspen provides additional financial metrics that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP ("non-GAAP"). The non-GAAP financial measure included in this press release is Adjusted EBITDA. Management uses non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as a measure of operating performance because the non-GAAP financial measures do not include the impact of items that management does not consider indicative of Aspen's core operating performance. In addition, management uses Adjusted EBITDA (i) for planning purposes, including the preparation of Aspen's annual operating budget, (ii) to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business, and (iii) as a performance measure under its bonus plan.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect Aspen's ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful comparisons and analysis of trends in its business, as they exclude expenses and gains not reflective of Aspen's ongoing operating results or that may be infrequent and/or unusual in nature. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating Aspen's operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

The non-GAAP financial measures do not replace the presentation of Aspen's GAAP financial results and should only be used as a supplement to, not as a substitute for, Aspen's financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. In this press release, Aspen has provided a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Management strongly encourages investors to review Aspen's financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not rely on any single financial measure.

About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.

Aspen is a technology leader in sustainability. The company's aerogel technology enables its customers and partners to achieve their own objectives around the global megatrends of resource efficiency, e-mobility and clean energy. Aspen's PyroThin products enable solutions to thermal runaway challenges within the electric vehicle market. The company's carbon aerogel program seeks to increase the performance of lithium-ion battery cells to enable EV manufacturers to extend the driving range and reduce the cost of electric vehicles. Aspen's Spaceloft® products provide building owners with industry-leading energy efficiency and fire safety. The company's Cryogel® and Pyrogel® products are valued by the world's largest energy infrastructure companies. Aspen's strategy is to partner with world-class industry leaders to leverage its aerogel technology platform into additional high-value markets. Headquartered in Northborough, Mass., Aspen manufactures its products at its East Providence, R.I. facility. For more information, please visit www.aerogel.com

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release and any related discussion contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including statements relating to Aspen's 2021 financial outlook. These statements are not historical facts but rather are based on Aspen's current expectations, estimates and projections regarding Aspen's business, operations and other factors relating thereto, including with respect to Aspen's 2021 financial outlook. Words such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "anticipate," "predict," "potential," "continue," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," "outlook," "assumes," and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, Aspen's expectations about revenue, costs, expenses, profitability, gross profit, gross margin, net loss, Adjusted EBITDA and related decreases, improvements, timing, variability or trends; beliefs about the general strength, weakness or health of Aspen's business; beliefs about current or future trends in the energy, energy infrastructure, chemical and refinery, LNG, green building materials, EV thermal barrier, EV battery materials or other markets and the impact of these trends on Aspen's business; beliefs about the strength, effectiveness, productivity, costs, profitability or other fundamentals of Aspen's business; beliefs about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Aspen's operating performance; beliefs about Aspen's strategic initiatives and implementation; beliefs about Aspen's investments in the electric vehicle market and aerogel technology platform; beliefs about the potential to develop new, high-value market opportunities from Aspen's aerogel technology platform; beliefs about the commercial potential of new aerogel products, technologies, businesses and partnerships; beliefs about the role of Aspen's technology and opportunities in the electric vehicle market; beliefs about Aspen's ability to provide and deliver products and services to electric vehicle customers; beliefs about revenue, costs, expenses, profitability, investments or cash flow associated with Aspen's electric vehicle opportunities, including the EV thermal barrier business; beliefs about the performance of PyroThin including its ability to mitigate the propagation of thermal runaway in electric vehicles; beliefs about Aspen's ability to expand the market for PyroThin, to achieve design wins, to commence shipments of production parts, including to the U.S. and Asian automotive customers, and to become the industry standard solution for thermal runaway management; beliefs about Aspen's thermal barrier design, prototype and quoting activities; beliefs about Aspen's ability to deliver broader solutions to enhance electric vehicle battery performance and safety; beliefs about Aspen's ability to develop and commercialize carbon aerogel battery materials in the lithium-ion or solid state battery markets; beliefs about Aspen's automated thermal barrier fabrication capability; beliefs about the Aspen's need to expand silica aerogel blanket manufacturing capacity including the location, timing, size, cost, operating benefits and location of any such expansion; beliefs about the construction of Aspen's Advanced Thermal Barrier Center; beliefs about the expansion of Aspen's battery materials facilities or carbon aerogel capacity; beliefs about the sufficiency of Aspen's financial resources and liquidity; beliefs about Aspen's ability to raise the capital required to fund expansions of manufacturing capacity; beliefs about Aspen's ability to execute its strategy; future operating performance on an annual or other basis; and accounting and other assumptions involved in arriving at the expectations. All such forward-looking statements are based on management's present expectations and are subject to certain factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, outcome of events, timing and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: an inability to create new product, partnership and market opportunities; any sustained downturn in the energy industry or energy prices; any sustained downturn in the energy, energy infrastructure, chemical and refinery, LNG, green building materials, EV thermal barrier, EV battery materials or other markets due to the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 or any other factor; any failure to sustain project-based demand in the subsea, LNG, on-shore or other markets; the right of EV thermal barrier customers to cancel contracts with Aspen at any time and without penalty; any costs, expenses, or investments incurred by Aspen in excess of projections used to develop pricing under the contracts with EV thermal barrier customers; any failure of Aspen or PyroThin to meet contractual specifications and requirements under contracts with EV thermal barrier customers; Aspen's inability to create new product, customer or market opportunities, including for PyroThin, battery performance and safety products, battery materials or for other new products developed from Aspen's aerogel technology; any disruption or inability to achieve expected capacity levels in any of our three production lines or the manufacturing facility in which they are located, including due to the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 or any other factor, any inability to expand manufacturing capacity in a second manufacturing facility or to establish automated thermal barrier fabrication operations; the failure to receive all regulatory or other approvals required to operate, maintain or expand Aspen's facilities; any failure of demand for Aspen's products; any failure to achieve expected price increases or average selling prices for Aspen's products; any significant increase in the cost of raw materials, utilities or any other manufacturing consumable; shortages of raw materials, utilities or any other manufacturing consumable due to the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 or any other factor; the failure to generate sufficient operating cash flow or to obtain significant additional capital to pursue Aspen's strategy; the failure of Aspen's products to become widely adopted; the competition Aspen faces in its business; any failure to enforce any of Aspen's patents; any failure to protect or expand Aspen's aerogel technology platform; any future finding of invalidity of any patent in any jurisdiction; any failure to generate sufficient operating cash flow or to obtain sufficient additional capital to continue to pursue Aspen's new business, technology, patent enforcement, or patent defense strategy; any failure of Aspen's products to meet applicable specifications and other performance, safety, technical and delivery requirements; the general economic conditions and cyclical demands in the markets that Aspen serves; the economic, operational and political risks associated with sales and expansion of operations in foreign countries; the loss of any direct customer, including distributors, contractors and OEMs; compliance with health and safety laws and regulations; the maintenance and development of distribution channels; and the other risk factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 12, 2021, as well as any updates to those risk factors filed from time to time in our subsequent periodic and current reports filed with the SEC. All statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release. Aspen does not intend to update this information unless required by law.

 










 

ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited and in thousands)

 




















September 30,



December 31,




2021



2020


Assets









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

95,531



$

16,496


Accounts receivable, net



18,723




15,698


Inventories



9,712




13,099


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



3,167




1,830


Total current assets



127,133




47,123


Property, plant and equipment, net



46,706




46,739


Operating lease right-of-use assets



12,522




3,478


Other long-term assets



1,311




84


Total assets


$

187,672



$

97,424


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

9,820



$

5,351


Accrued expenses



9,791




3,884


Current portion of long-term debt






1,609


Current portion of prepayment liability



4,615





Deferred revenue



1,722




2,037


Operating lease liabilities



2,324




1,046


Total current liabilities



28,272




13,927


Prepayment liability



5,000




9,555


Long-term debt






2,059


Operating lease liabilities long-term



11,508




3,597


Other long-term liabilities



434




434


Total liabilities



45,214




29,572


Stockholders' equity:









Total stockholders' equity



142,458




67,852


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

187,672



$

97,424


 

 

ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data)

 










Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




September 30,



September 30,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Revenue:

















Product


$

30,263



$

23,939



$

89,809



$

76,772


Research services



117




256



$

338




483


Total revenue



30,380




24,195




90,147




77,255


Cost of revenue:

















Product



27,279




22,243




78,459




66,403


Research services



34




52




85




121


Gross profit



3,067




1,900




11,603




10,731


Operating expenses:

















Research and development



3,077




2,088




8,128




6,436


Sales and marketing



4,915




2,755




11,784




9,051


General and administrative



6,573




3,761




15,978




10,682


Total operating expenses



14,565




8,604




35,890




26,169


Loss from operations



(11,498)




(6,704)




(24,287)




(15,438)


Interest expense, net



(58)




(49)




(188)




(182)


Gain on extinguishment of debt



3,734







3,734





Total other income (expense)



3,676




(49)




3,546




(182)


Net loss


$

(7,822)



$

(6,753)



$

(20,741)



$

(15,620)


Net loss per share:

















Basic and diluted



(0.24)




(0.25)




(0.70)




(0.60)


Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

















Basic and diluted



32,523,405




26,728,205




29,685,936




26,150,236


Square Foot Operating Metric

We price our product and measure our product shipments in square feet.



Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




September 30,



September 30,




2021



2020



2021



2020




(In thousands)



















Product shipments in square feet



9,012




6,825




27,526




22,307


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following tables presents a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure included in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measure:

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense and other items, which occur from time to time and which we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. These other items include a gain on the extinguishment of debt during the third quarter and first nine months of 2021.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:



Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




September 30,



September 30,




2021



2020



2021



2020




(In thousands)


Net loss


$

(7,822)



$

(6,753)



$

(20,741)



$

(15,620)


Depreciation and amortization



2,114




2,545




6,856




7,670


Stock-based compensation



1,554




991




3,600




2,990


Gain on extinguishment of debt



(3,734)







(3,734)





Interest expense, net



58




49




188




182


Adjusted EBITDA


$

(7,830)



$

(3,168)



$

(13,831)



$

(4,778)


For the 2021 full year financial outlook:



Year Ending




December 31, 2021




Low



High




(In thousands)


Net loss



(31,000)




(29,000)


Depreciation and amortization



8,900




8,900


Stock-based compensation



5,100




5,100


Gain on extinguishment of debt



(3,700)




(3,700)


Interest expense, net



200




200


Adjusted EBITDA


$

(20,500)



$

(18,500)


 

 

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